DA-38 - GIS&T and Retail Business
Where should a retail business occur or locate within a region? What would that trade area look like? Should a retail expansion occur and how would that affect sales of other nearby existing locations? Would a new retail location have the right demographic or socio-economic customer base to be profitable? These are important questions for retailers to consider. Within the evolving landscape of GIS, there is more geospatial data than ever before about the potential customer. In retail, the application of maps and mapping technology is growing to include commercial real estate, logistics, and marketing to name a few. There has been an increased momentum across commercial applications for geospatial technologies delivered in an easy to comprehend format for a variety of end users.
PD-12 - Commercialization of GIS Applications
The commercialization of GIS applications refers to the process of bringing a software solution to market. The process involves three broad categories of tasks: identifying a problem or aspect of a problem that a GIS application can solve or address; designing and creating a GIS application to address the problem; and developing and executing a marketing plan to reach those with the problem, the potential users. Ideally these categories would be addressed in this order, but in practice, aspects of each are likely to be addressed and iterated throughout the commercialization process.
Bringing a GIS application to market requires expertise in 1) the target industry or market (e.g., forestry); 2) software development (how to design and build a product); 3) law (licenses, contracts, taxes); and 4) business (how to fund development, guide the process, evaluate success, marketing). A single individual or organization, referred to as the provider in this discussion, may lead or execute all three categories of tasks, or engage third parties when specific expertise is required.